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The T S Eliot Prize for Poetry

The T S Eliot Prize is an annual prize for a poetry collection awarded by the Poetry Book Society, which was established in 1953 by T S Eliot himself. The Prize was first awarded on the 40th anniversary of the Society's founding, with the prize money provided by Eliot's widow. The winner receives £15,000 while the other shortlisted authors each receive £1000.

Poetry collections in English and first published in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland are eligible. The winner is decided in the January following the calendar year during which entries must have been published, selected from a shortlist of ten announced the previous October.

Don Paterson is the only poet to have won the award twice. For 2011, John Burnside's Black Cat Bone became just the third collection to win both this and the Forward Prize, the two most prestigious awards in the UK dedicated solely to poetry, after Ted Hughes' The Birthday Letters in 1998 and Sean O'Brien's The Drowned Book in 2007.

The 2011 award had earlier taken a controversial turn when one of the shortlisted authors, Alice Oswald, withdrew her book from consideration, in protest at the Prize's sponsorship deal with hedge fund investor Aurum Funds. Shortly thereafter, John Kinsella also pulled out.

The 2015 shortlist was announced on 22nd October. Chair of judges poet Pascale Petit said, "This is a fantastic year for poetry, with the highest amount of entries submitted in the history of the prize, and an exceptional number of outstanding collections. This made our task of choosing the shortlist tricky – many that didn’t make it are books we love. But we were unanimous about our final list, the books my distinguished fellow judges and I picked all awed and excited us with their ambition, verve and technical mastery."

The winner, announced on 11th January, was Sarah Howe with her debut collection Loop of Jade.

 

2015 shortlist

Deep Lane
(Paperback)
Mark Doty
 
Offers a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. This book includes poems that seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that...
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Not in This World
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Tracey Herd
 
Third collection by acclaimed Scottish poet. Herd's debut No Hiding Place was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and her second, Dead Redhead, was a Poetry Book...
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Jutland
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Selima Hill
 
Two sequences of of poems on forgiveness by the Costa and Forward Prize shortlisted poet. Hill is one of Britain's leading poets and previously won the Whitbread Poetry Award.
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Loop of Jade
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Sarah Howe
 
Explores a dual heritage, journeying back to Hong Kong in search of her roots. Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, this is an exploration of self and place...
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The World Before Snow
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Tim Liardet
 
A new collection by the T S Eliot-shortlisted poet explores a passionate love affair.
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Waiting for the Past
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Les A. Murray
 
New collection from award-winning Australian poet.
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The Beautiful Librarians
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Sean O'Brien
 
New collection of astonishing variety and virtuosity from the leading English poet of his generation.
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40 Sonnets
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Don Paterson
 
Addressed to children, friends and enemies, the living and the dead, musicians, poets and dogs, this title features poems that display an ambition in their scope and tonal range matched...
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Beauty/Beauty
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Rebecca Perry
 
Debut collection by one of Britain's most original young poets. Her chapbook little armoured (Seren) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.
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Citizen: An American Lyric
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Claudia Rankine
 
Examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice. This book includes essays, images and poetry together to form a testament...
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Previous winners

2014 Fire Songs by David Harsent

2013 Parallax by Sinéad Morrissey

2012 Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds

2011 Black Cat Bone by John Burnside

2010 White Egrets by Derek Walcott

2009 The Water Table by Philip Gross

2008 Nigh-No-Place by Jen Hadfield

2007 The Drowned Book by Sean O’Brien

2006 District and Circle by Seamus Heaney

2005 Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy

2004 Reel by George Szirtes

2003 Landing Light by Don Paterson

2002 Dart by Alice Oswald

2001 The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

2000 The Weather in Japan by Michael Longley

1999 Billy’s Rain by Hugo Williams

1998 Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

1997 God’s Gift to Women by Don Paterson

1996 Subhuman Redneck Poems by Les Murray

1995 My Alexandria by Mark Doty

1994 The Annals of Chile by Paul Muldoon (currently out of print but other selections available, e.g. Poems 1968-98)

1993 First Language by Ciarán Carson cCurrently out of print) 

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